New Panel Tip

  • Thu, January 26, 2012 10:44 AM
    Message # 807779
    In the past, fabricating a replacement instrument panel took many hours of cutting, fitting and filing.  Many shops budget as much as $2000 for a part 23 instrument panel. Safe Flight's B55 instrument panel was getting tattered and we wanted a fresh and custom look.  We ended up using a laser cutting service from Westport Precision.  Once a drawing is done, and the drafting accurate, a laser cut panel can be fabricated for less than $200, including the material.  Paint and silk screen brings you up to $500 total.  There is a $200 silkscreen tooling charge.   When Westport is done, you have a finished panel, with countersinking, paint and silkscreen fro $500-700.  You will pay more for engineering time if your drawing is not complete.  Turn in time is a week
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